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Piece of Jeparit history headed for demolition

DAYS ARE NUMBERED: Historic stables behind Jeparit’s Hopetoun House Hotel will be demolished within the next six weeks. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

They have provided sanctuary for tired horses and played a role in opening tracts up of isolated farmland during the early settlement days of the northern Wimmera and southern Mallee.
They have also evolved to become an iconic community gathering place for parties and even a venue for memorable rock-music events, attracting crowds of more than 500.
But Jeparit’s historic stables, which have stood behind the town’s Hopetoun House Hotel for about 100 years, will disappear within the next six weeks.
In their place will be a new $20,000 to $30,000 shed that will form the same modern function as the historic stables but without the history and perhaps the character.
Publican John McCready said Hindmarsh Shire Council had assessed the building as dangerous and despite efforts to work around the dilemma the building had to come down.
“It’s had a bit of lean on it but everyone in Jeparit can’t remember it not having a lean,” he said.
“It is all set up with a dance floor, table and chairs and we will try to redevelopment it as soon as possible. But it’s very sad; it’s a bit history and character that will soon be gone.”
The hotel stables have long been a part of Jeparit. They survived a 1937 fire that gutted the hotel and were the headquarters of Cobb and Co coaches which operated a bi-weekly service between Jeparit and Dimboola.

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